Is Drew Brees Better at Being Good than Heath Shuler Was at Being Bad?

We all know Drew Brees is the greatest all-time quarterback in Saints history, and we all know Heath Shuler was the worst. These two statements are fact and they cannot be disputed. I thought I'd take some time today to look over the quarterbacks in team history and see how the best stack up against Brees, and how the worst stack up against Heath Shuler.

Is Shuler really going to become AD for Tennessee, by the way? I feel sorry for them. May God help them. By far, in my memory, Shuler was the biggest atrocity from an ability standpoint  to ever set foot on the Superdome turf. 

The stats below are some interesting numbers you may not have considered looking at before to help determine just how good, or bad, these guys really were. My only requisite was that you had to be a quarterback (Reggie Bush throwing one pass for a pick doesn't count), and you had to start at least five games (Todd Bouman's abominable play is ignored - lucky him). 


The Five Best

1. Drew Brees 95.9 

2. Jeff Blake 82.5

3. Jim Everett 81.1

4. Aaron Brooks 79.7

5. Bobby Hebert 79.1


The Five Worst

1. Heath Shuler 46.6

2. Danny Wuerffel 51.2

3. Bobby Scott 51.4

4. Kerry Collins 54.5

5. Bobby Douglass 55.0



1. Drew Brees 67.0

2. Jim Everett 61.0

3. Jeff Blake 60.7

4. Bobby Hebert 58.5

5. Wade Wilson 57.9


1. Edd Hargett 46.9

2. Bobby Scott 47.4

3T. Danny Wuerffel & Bobby Douglass 48.8

5. Kerry Collins 49.2



1. Drew Brees 5.1

2. John Fourcade 4.5

3T. Aaron Brooks 4.3 & Jeff Blake 4.3

5T. Billy Kilmer & Billy Joe Hobert 4.2


1. Heath Shuler 1.0

2. Bobby Douglass 2.0

3. Kerry Collins 2.1

4. Edd Hargett 2.5

5. Gary Cuozzo 2.7



1. Edd Hargett 2.3

2. Drew Brees 2.6

3T. Aaron Brooks and Jeff Blake 3.0

5. Jim Everett 3.1


1. Heath Shuler 6.9

2. Richard Todd 6.7

3. Danny Wuerffel 6.2

4. Ken Stabler 5.8

5T. Billy Kilmer & Bobby Scott 5.6



1. Drew Brees 7.6

2. John Fourcade 7.4

3. Billy Joe Tolliver 7.2

4. Bobby Hebert 7.1

5T. Aaron Brooks & Richard Todd 6.9


1. Danny Wuerffel 5.4

2. Bobby Scott 5.6

3. Boddy Douglass 5.8

4. Gary Cuozzo 6.0

5. Edd Hargett 6.2



1. Bobby Hebert 65.3

2T. John Fourcade & Jeff Blake  63.6

4. Drew Brees 62.0

5. Steve Walsh 52.6


1. Edd Hargett 14.2

2. Billy Joe Tolliver 18.2

3. Archie Manning 27.1

4. Billy Kilmer 27.5

5T. Bobby Scott & Kerry Collins 28.6



1. Steve Walsh 2.1

2. Drew Brees 3.0

3. Jim Everett 4.1

4. Edd Hargett 4.8

5. Billy Joe Hobert 5.2


1. Danny Wuerffel 15.1

2. Bobby Douglass 11.3

3. Kerry Collins 9.9

4. Heath Shuler 9.4

5T. Archie Manning & Richard Todd 9.3 


Thanks to Pro Football Reference for the help in compiling all these stats. You'll notice I concentrated mostly on stats that focused on how good the quarterback was, on average, per pass. I wanted to take out the element of longevity or tenure and just focus on how good they were with the number of reps they took on average. That way it was an even playing field.

One thing I have to say before I come to any conclusion: what's up with Ed Hargett? He was before my time, but the guy manages to show up in the top 5 in two categories and the worst 5 in four others. Basically he was almost never intercepted or sacked... which are very good things, and yet he couldn't complete a pass, throw a touchdown or win a game. Maybe he just got rid of the ball quickly for incompletions all the time? That's the only explanation.

Drew Brees shows up in the top 5 in all seven categories, including the best in four of them. Shuler shows up as one of the five worst in 4 out of 7 categories but he tops 3 of the 4 he shows up in. 

Sadly, I can only come to the conclusion that Drew Brees is more dominant than Heath Shuler is awful. I was really hoping my time spent researching might prove the opposite, if only for comedy's sake and the fact that it would prove just how bad Shuler was, but it wasn't to be. I will say I'm still open to us coming to the conclusion that Shuler's awfulness trumps Brees' greatness, if one of you wants to find a sick, demented and creative way of distorting these numbers to somehow prove that argument.

Surprisingly, Danny Wuerffel, Bobby Scott and Bobby Douglass all showed up in the worst 5 in five categories (Shuler four times). Kerry Collins and Edd Hargett also showed up in the worst categories four times. Not that any of those guys were worse than Shuler, but it's hard to argue Shuler was much worse. Of all those guys I don't remember Collins being as bad as the numbers showed. I thought he was okay in that half season run he had with Ditka. The other guys mentioned above were just terrible.

Of the best, I was shocked to see Brooks in four of the best categories (along with Hebert and Everett), which was only behind Jeff Blake with five and Brees with seven. Remember, while Brooks put up stats due to longevity, these stats focus on his efficiency per attempt.  Jeff Blake was really pretty efficient in the short time he played with the Saints before that ankle injury. Brooks came in and basically played at almost the exact same level. 

So do you agree, gladly or reluctantly, that Brees is better at being good than Heath Shuler was at being bad?

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